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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 14:35 Wed Sep 25 EXP: 15:00 Thu Sep 26 쿐UROPEAN SCIENTISTS BEGIN UNRAVELLING BRONZE AGE GLACIER MAN 쿝IDDLE 쿣IENNA (SEPT. 25) DPA - A top scientist said Wednesday it 쿬ould take months to unravel the mysteries surrounding what 쿮xperts regard as a unique corpse discovery high in an 쿌ustrian glacier Monday. 쿟he well-preserved Bronze Age corpse produced a number of 쿯ascinating questions for archaeologists and scientists, 퀂aid Professor Konrad Spindler of the Institute for Pre- 쿓istory and Early history at Innsbruck University. 쿟he mummified corpse, thought to be about 4,000 years old, 퀇as found in ice of the Similaun glacier, 3,200 metres above 퀂ea level on the border between Austria and Italy. 쿞cientists have named it Similaun Man, after the discovery 쿪rea. 쿐xperts can roughly determine the body's age by its hay- 쿹ined leather clothes, the flint and tinder carried in a 쿹eather sack and a wooden-handled arrowhead which acted as a 쿭agger. 쿐xperts were descending on the site Wednesday to find out 쿺ore details about the body, believed that of a man aged 쿫etween 20 and 40, about one metre 60 tall, with well-worn 퀃eeth. 쿟he cause of ''Similaun Man's'' death is as yet unknown, 퀃hough scientists suspect he may have been a murder victim, 쿪s he has signs of injury to his back and head. What remains 쿪 complete mystery is how he came to be in the glacier. 쿞cientists are to examine the contents of the body's stomach 쿪nd also-tattoo-like marks on its back, thought to designate 퀃he man's tribe. 쿟he Bronze Age is generally agreed to have lasted from the 쿮nd of the third to the beginning of the first millenium 쿫efore Christ. The use of bronze was seen as a great leap 쿯orward, being harder than copper, but easier to melt. 쿔t could be used to make weapons such as axes and daggers, 쿪nd be crafted into jewellery, with arm and leg bangles 쿮xtremely popular. 쿛eople during the early Bronze Age period were ''simply 쿻ormal agricultural and cattle farmers,'' said Rainer Michl 쿯rom Hamburg University's Archaelogical Institute. The 쿲lacier man is to their knowledge the best-preserved example 쿽f a person living in that era. =END= 쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴캑 =START= XMT: 12:50 Wed Sep 25 EXP: 13:00 Thu Sep 26 쿌USTRIAN SCIENTISTS ELATED ABOUT 4,000-YEAR-OLD CORPSE 쿣IENNA (SEPT. 25) UPI - Austrian scientists, joined by 쿬olleagues from all over the world, said Wednesday a 4,000- 퀉ear-old corpse freed from glacier ice last week is probably 퀃he most important anthropological find since the discovery 쿽f Neanderthal man. ''Until now it is the only body from this period. It is as 쿶mportant as the discovery of early homo sapiens and 쿙eanderthal man,'' Professor Konrad Spindler of the 쿔nnsbruck University said Wednesday. 쿟he frozen body was discovered Sept. 19 in the ice of the 쿞imilaun Glacier on the border of Austria and Italy nearly 퀃wo miles above sea level by a German mountaineer. 쿞cientists at the university have since dated the body as 쿬oming from the south middle European early Bronze Age, 쿪bout 2,000 B.C. ''There has never before been a body found in glacier ice in 퀂uch good condition and with such equipment, let alone one 4,000 years old,'' Spindler said. 쿌lthough the sex of the corpse had not been determined, 쿞pindler said he believes it is the body of a man aged 쿫etween 20 and 40 years. He said the teeth, worn down by 쿬hewing, were typical of the period. 쿑rom the type of garments and equipment found with the body, 퀂cientists say all indications are that the person came from 쿪 well- developed society. It was dressed in a leather and 쿯elt-type garment, sewn together by a skilled craftsman. 쿟he body wore boots of leather and fur and strapped as 쿐skimos today fasten their footwear, according to to one 쿽fficial who saw it shortly after it was found. Both the 쿲arment and boots were stuffed with hay for insulation. 쿌dorning the body was threaded stone jewelry and belt with a 쿾ouch containing flint and other stones for lighting fires. 쿟he body was accompanied by a bronze ax that Schindler has 쿭iscribed as unmistakably from the early bronze age, a knife 퀇ith a stone blade and remains of what is thought to be a 쿫ow. 쿔njuries to the back of the head were easly visible, but 퀃heir cause had not been established. Other wounds on the 쿴ips apepared to be bites from wild animals - probably 쿮ither foxes or birds of prey, Spindler said. He said these 퀇ounds could have occurred years after death. 쿐xamination both of the body and the site was continuing, 쿪nd the find is said by university officials not only to be 쿶mportant for the study of human evolution but also should 퀁eveal important data on changes in glacier ice. =END=


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